Friday, 1 February 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Melaine Walker issues apology to fans and family + Marlon Samuels donates funds to visually impaired students

VISIONARY: Star cricketer Marlon Samuels, who is recovering from a serious injury to his right eye, has pledged support to Jamaica’s visually impaired following a generous donation by his eponymous foundation to the Salvation Army School on Wednesday. Samuels, who suffered the injury while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 tournament earlier this year, has come to the aid of five children at the Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the wake of his harrowing experience. “Well the urge for this is definitely two weeks of closing my left eye and couldn't see anything out of my right eye. It was total darkness, so I can imagine what they are going through for their entire life being like that,” says Samuels, speaking with The Observer. “So I wanted to do something right away and I will continue to do what I have done today. I know what it feels like in their shoes for two weeks.” The West Indies batsman, who recently formed his foundation, handed over a cheque of $50,000 to the school that will assist the five students with their upcoming exams. 

MISS WALKER REGRETS: Hurdler Melaine Walker has broken her silence on her strange showing at the London Olympic Games last summer, citing problems with Team Jamaica officials among the factors that contributed to her lacklustre performance. “Yes, I definitely regret it because you have people out there who love you and you have your family members, fans and sponsors, and to them I want to say I am very sorry and it wasn't an intentional matter,” she tells The Gleaner. “It was just a situation where there was a lot of stuff that I could not manage. There were many things I managed over the years to put aside when it’s time to compete, but this time I just didn’t know how to deal with it.” Quitting the sport, she adds, is an idea she has toyed with. “I have thought about quitting, but I don't believe in quitting, plus I am not ready to be done,” she explains. “My love for track and field is too great to stop while I still have so much potential.” The 30-year-old 400M hurdler says she intends to seek qualification to compete at the World Championships in Moscow, scheduled for August.

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